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  • Executed in 2018, STAY 1 (MEME) II is part of Gormley’s series of ´Memes´ that began in 2009. In these works, a consistent number, size, and set of blocks is used to construct bodies in different postures.  A meme is the cultural equivalent of a gene, a form that is transmitted in thought or behaviour from one body to another, self-replicating and capable of mutation. The series invites the viewer to imaginatively inhabit these bodies and consider how small alterations of form can provoke strong emotional responses.


    These works re-describe body volume in Euclidian terms, replacing the discrete function-based structures of anatomy with architectonic volumes that use the dynamics of stacking, cantilever and balance to achieve a stable structure that is still dynamic. The artist’s aspiration is to build bodies using the brutal language of the architectural block that nevertheless carry the invitation of empathy and the potential of the transmission of states of mind.

    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist

Property Sold to Benefit the Yinka Shonibare Foundation

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STAY 1 (MEME) II

cast iron
30.5 x 9.5 x 11.6 cm (12 x 3 3/4 x 4 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2018.

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Estimate
£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £151,200

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London Auction 15 December 2020